Program

THURSDAY 13 MAY: SUPPORT       
TIMEEVENT PRESENTERLOCATION 
9.00 - 9.10amWelcome EventWelcome to Country by Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC), Mayoral Address, Arts on Top: Regional Arts Forum OverviewMain Conference Room
9.10 - 9.45amKeynote: Strategies for audience development: Grow your business through data analytics
Peter Homan: CEO Southern Queensland Country TourismMain Conference Room
9.45 - 10.30amBe bold! Central Queensland shopfronts and building entrepreneurial mindset in the artsShelley Pisani: Artist, Curator, Consultant and Founding Director of Creative RegionsMain Conference Room
10.30 - 11.00amMorning Tea
11.00 - 11.45amThe future of arts fundingJulie Tanner: Director Partnerships, Arts QueenslandMain Conference Room
11.45am - 12.30pmPanel discussion: Show me the money! Arts and culture grants fundingJulie Tanner (Arts Queensland), Kerryanne Farrer (Flying Arts Alliance), Leisha Walker (Museum and Gallery Services Queensland)Main Conference Room
12.30 - 1.00pmLunch
1.00 - 1.45pmCome and be daring: Why regional audiences deserve better than ‘safe’ Di Wills: Artistic Director, Creative RegionsMain Conference Room
1.45 - 2.30pmRegional Perspectives: South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (SWQ RASN) presentationSWQ RASN CoordinatorsMain Conference Room
2.30 - 3.00pmAfternoon Tea
3.00 - 4.30pmMasterclass: Introduction to relief printingDr Rhi Johnson: Artist and Lecturer in Visual Arts (Printmaking), University of Southern QueenslandMirrabooka
5.00 - 5.30pmSmoking ceremony and dancesBunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC)Ceremonial Meeting Ground
6.00 - 10.00pmWelcome ReceptionEntertainment by Jacques Van LillThe Deck
EveningArt Installation: Waiting for morningBen Tupas: Artist and digital producerThe Lawn
FRIDAY 14 MAY: RESPONSE
TIMEEVENT PRESENTERLOCATION
6.30 - 8.00amPre-forum masterclass: Introduction to screen printingDr Rhi Johnson: Artist and Lecturer in Visual Arts (Printmaking), University of Southern QueenslandMirrabooka
7.00 - 8.00amPre-forum: Ranger walkBunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC)Bunya Mountains Walking Tracks
9.00 - 9.10amWelcome AddressWelcome to Country by Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC), House keepingMain Conference Room
9.10 - 9.45amKeynote: The Bunya Pine story: Listening and connecting to countryDr Bianca Beetson: Director Indigenous Research Unit, Griffith UniversityMain Conference Room
9.45 - 10.30amArt as ExchangeTerry Deen, Head of Learning, and Project Officer and Henri Van Noordenburg, Regional Services: Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern ArtMain Conference Room
10.30 - 11.00amMorning Tea
11.00 - 11.45amIt's a War on Culture: Response to arts education cutsDr Kyle Jenkins: Senior Lecturer (Painting), University of Southern QueenslandMain Conference Room
11.45am - 12.30pmTaking the arts online to survive a global pandemicKatie Edmiston: Creative Producer, Partnership Broker, Cultural Planner, and CACD PractitionerMain Conference Room
12.30 - 1.00pmLunch
1.00 - 1.45pmArt and placemaking for social and economic prosperity/Art vs design. Collaborative creative practice for better public placesBrooke Williams: Director Four Fold Studio, and Stephen Burton: Design Director POMO StudioMain Conference Room
1.45 - 2.30pmPanel discussion: Talking Placemaking: Community led design perspectivesBrooke Williams (Four Fold Studio), Hamish Sewell (Sound Artist), Shelley Pisani (Ideas Distillery), Stephen Burton (POMO Studio)Main Conference Room
2.30 - 3.00pmAfternoon Tea
3.00 - 4.30pmEvaluating community change: How to get the most from your arts funding program when it runs on the smell of an oily ragDr Margaret Power: Senior Community Development Officer, University of Southern QueenslandMain Conference Room
3.00 - 4.30pmMasterclass: Disrupting form/function: Raku clay hand buildingDavid Usher: Artist and Lecturer in Visual Arts (Ceramics), University of Southern QueenslandMirrabooka
3.00 - 4.30pmMasterclass: Astrophotography; Appreciating and photographing our precious resourceDr Ken Wishaw: Board of Directors, Australasian Dark Sky AllianceWarrigal
4.30 - 5.30pmYarning circleBunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC)Ceremonial Meeting Ground
6.30 - 7.30pmFood trucks and entertainment: More to be announced!
8.00 - 9.30pmMasterclass: Astrophotography (Sky viewing)Dr Ken Wishaw: Board of Directors, Australasian Dark Sky AllianceFishers Lookout
EveningArt Installation: Waiting for morningBen Tupas: Artist and digital producerThe Lawn
SATURDAY 15 MAY: APPROACH
TIMEEVENT PRESENTERLOCATION 
6.30 - 8.00amPre-forum masterclass: Notions of the landscapeDavid Usher: Artist and Lecturer in Visual Arts (Ceramics), University of Southern QueenslandMirrabooka
7.00 - 8.00amPre-forum: Ranger walkWelcome to Country by Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC)Bunya Mountains Walking Tracks
9.00 - 9.10amWelcome AddressWelcome to Country by Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC), House keepingMain Conference Room
Open now - Call for Papers!
1.00 - 3.00pmWorkshop: Writing successful grants for your projectWestern Downs Regional Council: Projects and GrantsMain Conference Room
1.00 - 3.00pmWorkshop: Social Media and MarketingOdette Miller: Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Flying Arts AllianceWarrigal

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Networking: Welcome Reception

Thursday 13 May, 6.00 - 10.00pm, The Deck

Hosted by the Regional Arts Services Network the welcome reception is an opportunity to connect and network with other forum participants in an informal setting. Entertainment provided by Toowoomba musician Jacques van Lill.   The welcome reception is included in your ticket price if you purchase a Thursday, Friday or 3-day ticket. Bookings are required as places are limited. 

Cultural tours and activities

Welcome to Country

Thursday 13 May, 5.00pm - 5.30pm, Ceremonial Meeting Ground

Join us at the Ceremonial Meeting Ground for a smoking ceremony and dance facilitated by the Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC).

Ranger Walks

Friday 14 May, and Saturday 15 May, 7.00 - 8.00am, Locations TBA

Start your day with a guided rainforest walk by rangers from the Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC).

Yarning Circle

Friday 14 May, 4.30 - 5.30pm, Ceremonial Meeting Ground

A yarning circle is a creative and collaborative style of communication, an opportunity to speak and listen from the heart. Facilitated by representatives of the Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation (BPAC).

Masterclasses and workshops

(Additional cost per workshop)

Introduction to Relief Painting

3.00 - 4.30pm, Thursday 13 May, Mirrabooka

Introduction to Screen-painting

6.30 - 8.30am, Friday 14 May,
Mirrabooka

Disrupting Form and Function

3.00 - 4.30pm, Friday 14 May,
Mirrabooka

Bunya Night Sky; Appreciating and photographing our precious resource

3.00 - 4.30pm, Friday 14 May,
Warrigal

Astrophotography

8.00 - 9.30pm, Friday 14 May,
Fisher's Lookout

Notions of the Landscape

6.30 - 8.00am, Saturday 15 May,
Mirrabooka

Site Activations

Art exhibition and public art/site activations will take place over the course of the three days.

upstART: Youth Activation Hub  
upstART youth site activation and gathering space provides the opportunity for young artists to showcase their creative work, participate in workshops, and connect in a relaxed environment. Open all forum at Mirrabooka.  

Sculptural Response to the Bunyas (Boobarran Ngummin)
  
Facilitator: David Usher, Artist and Lecturer in Visual Arts (Ceramics), University of Southern Queensland  Sculpture students from USQ will create sculptures and an outdoor gallery in response to the Bunya Mountains. 

Pop up Studio
  
A pop-up studio will offer young artists the opportunity to share and discuss their practice with the conference participants and create new works on site.  USQ School of Creative Arts students will be on site for the duration of the forum to connect, support workshops and showcase their creative works.  

Art Installation Waiting for Morning, Ben Tupas
Taking advantage of a landscape with minimal light pollution, artist Ben Tupas creates a meditative light projection that plays with memory and nature, against the backdrop of wide-open spaces.

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Catering

The ticket price includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea for the day/s you are registered for. The Western Downs and Darling Downs are diverse regions renowned as some of Australia’s largest primary producers. The Arts on Top Forum will feature this delicious produce from some of the best contemporary dining experiences, to baked goods, delis, and fresh produce.

We hope this event will inspire you to explore the foodie trail, to explore the flavours of the Western Downs enjoy the latest Taste Western Downs. All meals will be in Poppies on the Hill Café, with a selection of comfortable locations to sit down and enjoy